Living in Cave Creek is like going about life in a movie set with its strongly preserved Wild West influence. This quaint town, located in Maricopa County, is amidst the rich Sonoran desert and is right in the foothills of Black Mountain, Skull Mesa, and Elephant Butte. It has a population of about 5,000 so one could expect a close knit and friendly community that is very connected to their history.
Cave Creek is unaffected by the fast growing cities that surround it such as Phoenix and Scottsdale. Over the years, this charming place has stayed true to its roots, with hundred year old infrastructures, cultural festivities, local food, and southwestern products that are all reminiscent of its Wild West character. Tourists will feel instantly at home with the town’s naturally warm hospitality.
The nightlife is just as vibrant as well with saloons serving as venues for live band performances, thrilling poker tournaments, quiz nights, and casinos. Notable places for a fun night in town are Buffalo Chip and Harold’s. For some good eats, Tonto Bar and Grill located at the Rancho Manana Golf Club as well as Horny Toad Restaurant and El Encanto Mexican Restaurant will certainly not disappoint.
There are also numerous gift shops, boutiques, and galleries around for unique and interesting finds. Antique collectors and lovers of things with a rustic and cultural appeal will love Cave Creek for these kinds of finds. Among these stores are Big Bronco, The Goldmine Thriftshop, Indian Market, Out West Interiors, Mexicana Rose, and that is just naming a few.
The Cave Creek lifestyle is generally laid back and never lacking in cultural experiences. There are well established schools, stable jobs, affordable real estate, annual festivities, and a community that is as inviting as it is difficult to part with.
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